Title : A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird Series Book 1)
Author : Claudia Gray
Hardcover : 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (November 4, 2014)
I see…the way you’re always searching. How much you hate anything fake or phony. How you’re older than your years, but still…playful, like a little girl. How you’re always looking into people, or wondering what they see when they look back at you. Your eyes. It’s all in the eyes.
-excerpt from A Thousand Pieces of You(favorite quote)
I hate and I do mean hate being disappointed in a book that I truly wanted to love. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. So naturally, when the book arrived in the mail I admired and practically drooled over the breathtaking cover. Absolutely exquisite. Took many pictures of it too. All on my phone and camera. Can someone say book porn? Yes, I just couldn’t stop looking at it. If there was an award for the best cover in YA history, A Thousand Pieces of You would definitely be the front runner.
After it sat on the bookshelf waiting patiently for December to come around for it was to be part of my winter reading. Nothing like a beautiful sci-fi theme book to keep you company at night. Am I right? Well December came and I read and I was sad, frustrated, got the case of the severe eye roll syndrome because A Thousand Pieces of You is not only deceptive with its synopsis but it’s downright….disappointing. A Thousand Pieces of You is nothing more than a YA romantic bundled and packaged as sci-fi.
Meet Marguerite, Paul and Theo. I don’t have to tell you that a love triangle was involved do I? Although it was resolved at the end of the book I still didn’t see the reason for it to be in the book to begin with. So sick and tired of the love triangle. Just stop. Please I beg you YA authors. No need to beat a dead horse.
Anyways, Marguerite on a mission to avenge her father’s death. With the help of Theo, she hops through different dimensions and time trying to track down Paul who she believes kill her father. Only there is one problem. Wait for it……She doesn’t know how. So not only is she reckless and rash in her decision making but she’s not the brightest bulb in the package. It’s all good and dandy to want to avenge your father but at least have a plan and at least know how to kill the person once you confront this person.
And that is where I find I have the most problem with this story. When our daring heroine finally meets the stone cold killer (Paul) it takes one look into his dreamy eyes to know that he didn’t do. Really? Just one look. That was the point where I had to put the book down before I threw it. You can’t go from I want to kill this bastard to “Oh my god, you’re innocent because your eyes tell me you are”.
I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want Marguerite on the case if I was ever murdered. Her reasoning and deductive skills are off. Way off. Secondly, we all know that Paul is the “one” but like I mention before hand there had to be a love triangle for whatever reason. I personally don’t see the connection between Paul and Marguerite or for that matter Marguerite and Theo. Just my opinion. Maybe I’m getting a tad bit old for some of these YA books.
So if you’re looking for a romantic book with a hint of sci-fi weaved into it, then A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is for you. I mean if you don’t mind the loose plot and flaws that riddle the book. Still a beautiful book to look at. And I mostly likely will read the second book. Borrow it from the library rather than pay for it. Still curious to see what will happen. Sometimes books are like the pilot episode. It’s slow and not well thought out but it begins to pick up as the series moves along. I hope this is the case with the Firebird series.
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